My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired

My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired

My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired

My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired


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A guide to the early morning habits that boost your productivity and relax you—featuring interviews with leaders like Arianna Huffington, General Stanley McChrystal, Marie Kondo, and more.

Marie Kondo performs a quick tidying ritual to quiet her mind before leaving the house. The president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Ed Catmull, mixes three shots of espresso with three scoops of cocoa powder and two sweeteners. Fitness expert Jillian Michaels doesn't set an alarm, because her five-year-old jolts her from sleep by jumping into bed for a cuddle every morning.

Part instruction manual, part someone else's diary, the authors of My Morning Routine interviewed sixty-four of today's most successful people, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone, and General Stanley McChrystal–and offer timeless advice on creating a routine of your own.

Some routines are all about early morning exercise and spartan living; others are more leisurely and self-indulgent. What they have in common is they don't feel like a chore. Once you land on the right routine, you'll look forward to waking up.

This comprehensive guide will show you how to get into a routine that works for you so that you can develop the habits that move you forward. Just as a Jenga stack is only as sturdy as its foundational blocks, the choices we make throughout our day depend on the intentions we set in the morning. Like it or not, our morning habits form the stack that our whole day is built on.

Whether you want to boost your productivity, implement a workout or meditation routine, or just learn to roll with the punches in the morning, this book has you covered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735220270
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 461,150
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander are the founders of Spall is the co-author of My Morning Routine (Portfolio/Penguin), in which today’s most talented creatives and businesspeople share their secrets to unlocking greater energy, focus, and calm—starting first thing in the morning. He has written for outlets including the New York Times, New York Observer, Quartz, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, CNBC, and more.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Getting Up 9

Caroline Paul 12

James Freeman 14

Andre D. Wagner 17

L. Rafael Reif 19

Daisy Khan 21

Tyler Cowen 22

Tim O'Reilly 24

Over to You 27

Chapter 2 Focus and Productivity 35

Ryan Holiday 38

Geoff Colvin 41

Sheena Brady 43

Gregg Carey 45

Maria Konnikova 50

Shane Parrish 53

Todd Henry 55

Bill McNabb 56

Matthew Weatherley-White 58

Over to You 62

Chapter 3 Morning Workouts 71

General Stanley McChrystal 74

Rebecca Soni 78

Sherry Lansing 81

Jillian Michaels 83

Kevin Cleary 85

Caroline Burckle 88

Sarah Kathleen Peck 90

Over to You 93

Chapter 4 Morning Meditation 101

Ruth Ozeki 105

Ed Catmull 109

Aiste Gazdar 112

Darya Rose 114

Michael Acton Smith 116

Susan Piver 118

Over to You 122

Chapter 5 Evening Routines 129

David Kadavy 132

Jenny Blake 134

Nir Eyal 137

José Luis Vilson 139

Bob Moore 141

Over to You 145

Chapter 6 Sleep 151

Arianna Huffington 154

Marie Kondo 157

Jon Gold 158

Brad Feld 161

Scott Adams 163

Over to You 168

Chapter 7 Parents 177

Biz Stone 180

Emily Schuman 182

Amanda Hesser 185

Bob Ferguson 187

Jamie Morea 188

Nick Bilton 191

Over to You 195

Chapter 8 Self-Care 201

Elle Luna 204

Lisa Congdon 208

Yuko Shimizu 210

Dr. John Berardi 212

Melody McCloskey 214

Amber Rae 216

Over to You 219

Chapter 9 Different Environments 223

Cameron Russell 226

Chris Guillebeau 228

Dave Asprey 230

Mellody Hobson 234

M. G. Siegler 236

Peter Balyta 238

Over to You 241

Chapter 10 Adaptation 245

Sonia Rao 248

Austin Kleon 252

Rumana Lasker Dawood 254

Daniel Eden 256

Yolanda Conyers 258

Leo Babauta 259

Ana Marie Cox 261

Over to You 263

Conclusion 269

Statistics 273

Acknowledgments 275

Selected Bibliography 277

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